10: Free Consultancy from Karl

Karl BunyanThis week I wanted to take a break from the usual interview slot and have a chat around some contemporary subjects. Karl Bunyan joins me again as a solo discussion with just me would have been a bit weird and he’s always got something interesting to say.

We discuss:

  • The Heartbleed Of Doom
  • My recent project management tools blog post and we realise that what I’m asking is actually quite hard to achieve
  • The lion’s share of the time is spent discussing Phonegap dev: how it has come on a lot in the past few years and is now a viable option for cross platform mobile development using HTML & JavaScript.
  • How crap I am at JavaScript

Thanks to Karl for taking time out to natter with me, he’s @karlbunyan and he blogs at Wedu Games.

If there’s anything you’d like us to cover on the show, you’d like to send us love or any other reason you’d like to talk then please get in touch via @backendy or foo@backendy.com.

Cheers

@bealers

 

9: Rob Allen

RobThis week Rob Allen helps me put the world to rights. Rob is probably best known for authoring Zend Framework in Action but is also a regular on the PHP conference circuit.

We discuss:

  • Extreme skateboarding
  • Being an author
  • Lots of chat around the transition from permie to consulting
  • I can’t help but talk a bit about bootstrapping
  • We confirm that I am a luddite, preferring SF1 over SF2

Rob is @akrabat on that twitter thing and he has a blog over on akrabat.com. If you’d like to hire Rob then check out his company website: 19ft.com

As always if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email foo@backendy.com.

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8: Rachel Andrew

Rachel AndrewThis week I’m delighted to have Rachel Andrew on the show. I’ve been wanting to talk with Rachel since I read The Profitable Side Project Handbook.

For those of you that don’t know, Rachel is the founder of edgeofmyseat.com the company behind the successful CMS Perch which was launched as a side project 4ish years ago and it has since become so successful that Rachel and Drew have been able to stop doing consulting work to focus on their product. \o/

If I’d have had my own way this would have been an hour conversation about product bootstrapping but being concious of the podcast’s title we do swing the conversation around to backend related subjects too.

  • There’s talk of content marketing and where it’s a good tool to use as promotion for a product
  • We discuss conference speaking and the types of conferences out there these days
  • There’s a lot of discussion around the toolset used to develop Perch: source control, bug tracking etc and we also touch upon the pretty major constraints that they are under to ensure that perch will run on rubbish low-spec shared hosting (and PHP 5.2!).
  • Deployment and provisioning is also covered in some depth covering things like documentation, the demo site and of course packaging up releases.

Rachel is @rachelandrew on twitter and has a blog at rachelandrew.co.uk as well as a regular spot on A List Apart.

As always if you’d like to get in touch please do so via @backendy or email foo@backendy.com.

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